100-Year-Old Man Funds Christmas Party for the Less Fortunate

As we get older, it becomes easier to appreciate how much more important it is to give back to others, and try to have a positive influence on those around you.

One man that has figured this out is successful real estate developer, Anthony Pomerleau, a 100-year-old resident of Burlington, Vermont. Annually, Pomerleau spends a sizeable amount of money on a local holiday party for the less fortunate.

This year, Pomerleau treated 450 people – including a sizeable number of children – to a night of great holiday food and Christmas spirit. In total, the festivities cost $13,000.

“To help,” responded Pomerleau when asked by WPTZ why he puts on the event. “Because I was brought up the hard way and I knew what it was.”

Thirty-seven years ago, Pomerleau asked then Burlington mayor and current U.S. Senator, Bernie Sanders, if he could host a holiday party for struggling families. Sanders supported the idea and continues to do so, as he made a guest appearance and said a few words at this year’s gathering.

“The first party was 30 people and it grew,” explained Pomerleau, who estimates that he has fed 40-50 thousand under-privileged children over the years.

-Adam Grant

On a recent episode of “theZoomer,” we visited with a collection of ultra-durable uber-Zoomers to find out how they’re living their lives. You can watch this episode below.